Cath Senker

Cath Senker - Author, editor, teacher

With 30 years’ experience in publishing, I have written nearly 170 books for children of all ages, from history, biography, global and social issues to world religions, human geography and environmental topics. I also write for adults. I'm currently working on a book to help children develop their writing skills.

In December 2018, Far From Home, Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty won the 2018 Educational Writers' Award.


I edit children's educational, trade and  fiction titles; adult non-fiction and craft books; academic reports and online materials. I currently commission and edit the RLF Consultant Fellow blogs.


I am a Student Academic Success Advisor at the University of Sussex Business School, offering academic advice to students in one-to-one and group sessions.

Also, I'm a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, running writing development workshops for university students. I teach English to refugees and migrants at the Migrant English Project.

Featured Book

Stranded in the Six-Day War

The extraordinary story of the 14 merchant ships trapped in the Suez Canal at the start of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Listen to a podcast about the story. Watch the Al Jazeera documentary.

This is a brilliantly researched and written account of an almost forgotten incident in the 1967 Middle East war. It's full of tasty nuggets of detail. The war stranded ships that were passing through the Suez Canal, and created a unique community of marooned seafarers. Recommended.

Jeremy Bowen, August 2017 (BBC Middle East editor and author of Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East).

Stranded in the Six-Day War, Cath Senker

From my blog

The trauma of forced migration

Prominent in a white blouse and a protective hand on a relative’s knee is my great-grandmother Rosa Fischer. This family wedding photo probably dates to the 1930s. Originally from Russia, Rosa’s parents were Naphtali and ...
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The quietest English classes ever

It’s 11.30 on a weekday morning. In a large, airy community centre, the long, narrow tables are carefully spaced out with chairs at either side. It looks a bit like an examination hall and you ...
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Face to face with the pandemic

Relieved to finally reach sanctuary in a safe country, Ali arrived in a south-coast town at the end of 2019. Moving into a new home, he hoped to start learning English and rebuilding his life. ...
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